Country luminary Shane Nicholson unveils new album “Living In Color”, a testament to life’s ups and downs
Living In Color is Shane Nicholson’s 11th studio album.
Four years after her last studio album Love and Blood, country luminary Shane Nicholson arrives with her latest album Living in color, who sees the ARIA award three times and the artist awarded 11 times for Golden Guitar at his best.
Entering his third decade of an illustrious recording career, Nicholson reveals everything in its 11th release, which is both a celebration of music and a beautiful testament to the ups and downs of life.
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Showcasing the esteemed musician in different hues, the album is a heartfelt journey for Nicholson. Confident and cynical, father and friend, and sometimes bouncy and loving, his words also take us to where he began to have faith in the world, as well as times when he struggles to make sense of the world. same world that can tear your heart straight out.
“It’s been a few years sad enough to be frank, losing one of my best friends to suicide, grandparents, my partner lost his father, my manager lost his brother, a few close friends in the industry.” Nicholson reveals.
“And then during the first Covid lockdown, there was this crazy wave of suicides of musicians in Australia, people we all knew. “
With unwaveringly honest lyricism, Nicholson’s stress and anxieties are brought to the fore in candid, open-ended songs like “Simple Man” and “House Burns Down,” before exploring the brutal truth of a damaging relationship. in “Ain’t Been Loved”.
‘And You Will Have Your Way’ is an almost casual mix that disguises deep questions about who to trust and who to love; while ‘The High Price of Surviving’ recognized the bitter sweetness of life.
“Life Ain’t Fine” begins with Nicholson declaring that he can’t write a love song but it’s not for lack of trying – and then it becomes clear that “Life Ain’t Fine” is, in fact, a love song, although it’s about losing that love.
Armed with an array of instruments, the album was written and recorded in a studio on NSW’s central coast by Nicholson alone due to ongoing COVID restrictions, while balancing life and producing several other projects. artists at the same time.
“I just found it fun to do it myself. It was kind of a throwback to the old days, my teenage years, when I had my first Pro-Tools installed on an old computer and demos and put songs together, learning the mechanics of production in a bedroom. in Brisbane to my parents’ house, ”he says.
“I haven’t really done that since then, being able to sit there on my own and pick up instrument after instrument. It was mostly me and a bottle of whiskey late at night, that was it.
Help came at the beginning and end of the process, with Josh Schuberth recording the drums at his own studio in the Blue Mountains, on which Shane laid all the other parts, then “comrade” and his fellow producer. Matt Fell adding his adjustments to the finished product.
A rare talent that bridged the gap between alternative country and mainstream, this album captures Nicholson’s charismatic talent for writing gripping songs that pay homage to the unpredictability of the human experience, with the ability to wrap things up. difficult with music of exhilarating beauty. and charm.
It’s an amazing 11e record by Nicholson, a magnetic talent who has received the highest accolades in the Australian music scene, and from what we can see, he’s not finished yet.
Shane Nicholson will tour Living In Color in Victoria 2022, visiting Bundalaguah on February 3, Mount Macedon on February 4, St Kilda afternoon on February 5 and Archies Creek on February 6. You can buy tickets here.
Living in color is out now. Check out the album below.